Mario Frittoli

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Mario Frittoli
Mario Frittoli opens Mario i sentieri.jpg
Born 1 April 1966
Pavia, Lombardia, Italy
Education Italian Cuisine at Locanda dell’ Angelo in Sarzana
Culinary career
Cooking style Italian cuisine

Mario Frittoli was born in 1966 in Pavia, Lombardia, Italy.[1] Now a world-renowned celebrity chef at Mario i sentieri in Nishi Azabu, Tokyo, Japan.


Frittoli studied Italian Cuisine at Locanda dell’ Angelo in Sarzana, under Chef Angelo Paracucchi. Next in France, developed his skills at "Le Carpaccio", a 2 Michelin stars restaurant in the Hotel Royal Monceau. In Lyon, he refined his skills under Paul Bocuse, master of French Cuisine.[2]


Frittoli came to Japan in 1987, as Paul Bocuse with Angelo Paracucchi were opening restaurants in Daimaru department store in Kyoto and Shinsaibashi, Osaka. He began teaching at the Tsuji Culinary Institute in Osaka the following year. In 1989, he became Head Chef at Los Angeles celebrities’ favourite "Lido", and "Il Forno" in Santa Monica with an original menu and concept that incorporated the taste of Californian Cuisine; thus proving his creativity.

In 1990, Frittoli returned to Japan for the opening of "Il Forno" in Roppongi, as Head Chef. He was subsequently assigned as the Vice President of Stillfoods assisting the opening of 28 restaurants. This led to his assignment as the Executive Chef of "Il Pinolo" in Higashi-Azabu in Tokyo.[3] In 2008 he opened "Mario i Sentieri" in the Nishi-Azabu district in Tokyo.[4]

1983: Chef, Hotel Villa (Lucca, Italy)

1984 – 85: Chef, Ristorante La Lanterna (Versilia, Italy)

1986 -87: Chef, Paracucchi “Locanda Dell’Angelo” (Sarzano, Italy)

1988: Chef, Michelin two-starred Le Carpacio (Paris, France)

1988-89: Instructor, Daimaru (Osaka, Japan)

1989: Professor, Tsukiji Culinary Institute

1990: Chef de Partie, Paul Bocuse’s Michelin three-starred L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges (Lyon, France)

1990: Restaurant development, California

1990: Opened Il Forno (Tokyo, Japan)

1994 – 2001: Vice President, Stillfoods (Tokyo, Japan)

• 1,000 employees

• Opened 38 restaurants, o Il Pinolo x 5, Bruschetta x 3, Mario Gelato x 30

2002: Opened Luxor Shirogane (Tokyo, Japan)

2005: Opened Luxor Marunouchi (Tokyo, Japan)

2008: Opened Mario i Sentieri (Tokyo, Japan)

2015: Began advisory relationship with OTG (New York)[5]

Television appearances[edit]

Mario Frittoli rocketed to even higher celebrity status with TV appearances such as the 13 March 1998 episode of Iron Chef.[6] Mario continues to appear on TV for current popular shows such as Ōsama no Brunch on TBS, Yuhan Banzai and others.

Under independent joint management he opened restaurant "Ristorante Luxor Shirokanedai" in Tokyo.[7]

  • Traditional Italian Cuisine and one-of-a-kind style of French touch quickly grew the popularity of his borderless cosmopolitan presentation. In November 2005, they opened their 2nd restaurant "Ristorante Luxor Marunouchi".

Frittoli's international mind and character freely juggling several languages continues to build his popularity and keep him active with appearances on TV and magazines.[8] Mario is a consultant to Nissin Foods Inc., Panorama Hospitality K.K. and Zwilling J.A. Henckels Japan Ltd. Two cookbooks have been published with clear photographs of Mario's famous dishes including "Mario's Fantastic Cooking at Home".[9]

On 5 August 2008 the new Mario-produced owner restaurant "Mario i sentieri" opened in Nishi-Azabu, Tokyo, Japan. The restaurant is a favourite among celebrities the like of Konishiki, Musashimaru,[10] Barbara Frittoli,[11] Jun Hasegawa,[12] Taro Hakase[13] and David Coulthard[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mario Fritolli Productions, Internationally Renowned Italian Cuisine in Tokyo, Japan". 
  2. ^ "Profilo Chef Mario Frittoli". CookEatShare (in Italian). 
  3. ^ "Mario Frittoli" (in Japanese). 
  4. ^ Swinnerton, Robbie (4 December 2009). "Mario i Sentieri: A personal touch from super Mario". The Japan Times. 
  5. ^ "Mario Frittoli". Mario Frittoli. Retrieved 2016-02-01. 
  6. ^ brandi1leigh (8 April 2007). "Iron Chef Japan: Broccoli Battle Episode Summary". Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Phillips, Cathy, ed. (2005). Time Out Tokyo. Time Out Guides. p. 146. ISBN 978-1904978374. 
  8. ^ Miller, Karryn (January–February 2009). "Italian Renaissance". kaleidoscope: 11–12. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  9. ^ "Takashi Watanabe Photography". Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. 
  10. ^ "大食漢がMario i sentieriに出現!" [Big eater appearance in Mario i sentieri!] (in Japanese). Mario Frittoli. 
  11. ^ 何人のフリットリさんが、フリッタータ(オムレツ)を作るの? [How many Frittolis does it take to make a frittata?] (in Japanese). Mario Frittoli. 2010-03-10. 
  12. ^ "ドキュメンタリー番組「東京リアルガール」&Mario!?" [Tokyo Real Girl cooks with Mario] (in Japanese). Mario Frittoli. 
  13. ^ 葉加瀬太郎さん [Hakase Taro] (in Japanese). Mario Frittoli. 
  14. ^ "F1!". Mario Frittoli. 

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